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1) April 05, 2020 Update I

Final Project:

Teaming assignments and time slots are posted here. We'll post information about advising teams in another day or so. Teams that have been assembled from smaller groups have been put on Tuesday (further into the future so they have more time to synchronize and come up with a plan). The document may change very slightly since there are a few teams that have outstanding information, but unless you're contacted directly this is your time slot.

What is due for Meeting 0: Your proposal. You should, by your assigned meeting time on Thursday or Tuesday, have uploaded your project proposal including a table describing weekly deliverables and milestones for the duration of the project. See the final project page for more details on what should go into this. A link to the team upload page will be released later this week.

In future weekly meetings, your weekly writeup will be due the night before (11:59PM EDT) your scheduled meetings so staff have time to review them.


The TAs and some LAs are doing a review session for the midterm today at 4-6PM (EDT/MIT time) on Zoom at https://mit.zoom.us/j/719387711.

If you have an exam conflict and have not already contacted me/figured out a time, please email me as soon as possible!

If you have an exam accommodation (such as extended time), please also contact me to verify timing and requirements.

2) April 03, 2020 Update

Hi 6.08!

Teaming: A reminder to please submit your teaming preferences/docs by tonight. I'd like it by 11:59 EDT, but if you need a few more hours after that, that's fine (where "few" is an integer less than five).

Curriculum Modifications:

Some updates about expectations for the rest of the semester.

Not much in our class will actually be changing going forward in terms of grading or syllabus. Point allocations of all assignments going towards the final grade will stay the same as they were originally laid out. The last day you can turn in pre-project assignments will be Sunday April 12th at 11:59pm (this got extended a bit because of the design exercises). Make sure you get anything in (like missing labs) before that time. At that point, the auto-extensions script will run.

What it will mean to "pass" in 6.08 for this term will be based upon your final grade. If you are at what would have been a C- and above, this will correspond to a passing grade for the PNR purposes. Numerically we don't have exact cutoffs since they change every semester a bit, but historically 90 and above has been an A/A- grade, 80 and above has been a B/B- grade, 70 and above has been a C/C- grade (the internal). These cutoffs are rough and can be revised downward based on circumstances and other data (exam overall performance). They cannot be revised upward.

The only real change to how grading will be done overall in the class corresponds to the final project. A passing grade in 6.08 requires the completion of the final project up through the final report. What this means is numerically even if your grade is in the A/B/C range, if you don't finish the final project or give up that can impact the ability to pass the class. We don't really anticipate this being a problem, but we're putting this rule in place to ensure teams keep working together effectively throughout the duration of the project.

IMPORTANT: Please also know that we (the staff) want you to pass and do well! If you have any questions/concerns, totally send us an email and we can set up a meeting or whatever is best.

3) April 01, 2020 Update (Midterm)

Midterm Update Hi all, just a few updates in regards to the midterm.

Just a few updates about the midterm:

The midterm will take place on Tuesday April 7th, 2020. The exam will be from 7:35pm to 9:35pm MIT Time. If you have a conflict with this time, please email me if you haven't already. The midterm comprises 15% of your final grade in 6.08 and will take place over two hours. The exam will be online and based around multiple choice questions (>= 50 of them). You are allowed a calculator. All necessary documentation will be provided on the exam including pinouts, and necessary code or API documentation.

The exam will be open notes since it is on a computer anyways. It will be done in the course website/tutor (in catsoop). You are not to collaborate with anyone on the exam both during or after it (some people will be taking makeup exams since we're spread all over this Big Blue Marble). You are not to use online nor on-computer code evaluation tools during the exam. You will sign your name/credentials at the beginning of the exam attesting to the fact that you are not doing any of these things.

We will use Piazza during the exam for any questions you may have (staff will be monitoring it). If you have any questions, post a private question. If there are any errata, we will communicate them through Piazza.

We will post a small mock-exam this weekend so you're familiar with the format and can test everything. It will be similar to the interface of the exercises, but customized for an exam setting.

4) March 29, 2020 Updates Part 2:

The final project page(s) are here. They cover the timeline of the projects, what's expected, etc. The major action item for this week is teaming, discussed in Section 4 of the final project page. Please follow the directions there while submitting teams/team requests!

5) March 29, 2020 Updates Part 1:

Hello 6.08. some updates!

6.08 officially starts back up again on Monday.

We will be having some experimental office hours this evening (Sunday) from 4-10pm MIT Time (GMT-4). You can go on the queue and a staff member will claim you and a video chat will set up which you can join. It uses jitsi which is supported natively in the browser, though I think Safari has problems with it so avoid that browser (use Firefox or Chrome, Mac people). We'll still have rolling office hours on Piazza as has been happening the last few weeks. Whatever is best for you.

A few dates/reminders for people (nothing really new, but putting all in one place):

  • Exercise 06 is due Monday March 30th at 9:00am MIT Time.
  • The design exercises for Exercise 05 are due March 30th at 11:59pm MIT Time.
  • The design exercises for Exercise 06 are due April 5th at 11:59pm MIT Time.
  • Exercise 07 is out tomorrow and due on April 5th at 11:59pm MIT Time. There are two design exercises in this set. They are due 11:59pm MIT Time on April 12th. This is the last exercise set.
  • Lab08A will come out Tuesday 9AM MIT Time. It will be due Sunday April 5th 11:59pm MIT Time. There is no Lab08B. Lab08A is the last lab of the semester.
  • During Lab sessions this week (the regular lab times, staff will be active and monitoring the help queue). Lab 08A has been rewritten to be similar to Lab06A in style. It can be done on your own and you can either do the checkoff live/over-video with a staff member, or you can submit a writeup and have it graded outside of class hours. We're allowing both ways to allow maximum flexibility.
  • The midterm exam will take place on Tuesday April 7th from 7:35pm to 9:35 pm MIT time. It will be online.
  • Office hours will be at their normal times throughout the week as they were earlier in the semester, using the same online-style centered around the queue

Additionally, later today, I'll open up/post some more information about final projects. The only real pressing issue at the moment is teaming.